Getting flu shots. A shed extension. October birthday bash.

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Elaine getting her flu shot, with Annie Wallace helping her

Walgreen’s sponsored a flu shot clinic here at Royal Palm today. They provided flu shots to residents at no co-pay cost; all we had to do was show up and bring our ID and insurance card. We just needed a minimum of 25 to keep it free. Elaine does not like needles, however. She shielded her eyes while I got my shot and then Annie Wallace had fun with her by offering to hold her while she got hers. It was a fun scene, as you can see in the photo, and all those in the room got quite a charge from it! The lady administering the shots did not quite know what to make of it. Continue reading Getting flu shots. A shed extension. October birthday bash.

Fixing leaks. Improving web site. Sunset.

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Marv coming off the roof in his Tyvec suit.

Marv worked on our patio awning roof today, sealing old holes from previous installations so we don’t get leaks on the deck and patio. Apparently the awning panels at our house were used at a previous location with the support beams in a different location. This left two series of holes, though someone did try to seal them off at one time. For the most part, that sealing worked but we were still  left with some holes leaking on our deck furniture and on the patio floor. Today Marv sprayed an elastomeric coating on the top of the awning roof wherever those holes showed; this should solve the problem. Continue reading Fixing leaks. Improving web site. Sunset.

Shelf fixed. Proof reading. Newsletter.

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I fixed the attachment for the lower floating shelf so it no longer tips to the front.

First thing this morning I went to Ace Hardware and bought some 3/16″ toggle bolts so I could fix the floating shelf I could not do yesterday. I left the fasteners in place at each end that Marv had used and added the toggle in the top hole of the middle pair of mounting holes. Once tightened in place, the floating shelf is now more stable and does not tip to the front. As you can imagine from the photo, that tall Galileo Thermometer at the right end would quickly indicate any tipping out of level. Continue reading Shelf fixed. Proof reading. Newsletter.

Home tasks.

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I moved the light to the rear corner to leave more room for my tablet and to avoid knocking my drinks off the table.

Mostly I did some house tasks today, catching up on a few things that have needed to be done for a while. I have been annoyed because I keep knocking my drink off the table beside my recliner – usually when I set my tablet down on the table. The post for the light was in the center at one end and to avoid it when setting my tablet down I often hit my drink at the other end. So today I drilled another hole in the table top and now have the lamp mounted at the back corner instead of the middle, giving me more room for the tablet. In the photo you can see where the old hole is and how it would interfere with the tablet. I need to get or make a plug to fill the old hole. Continue reading Home tasks.

Shake Shack. Office work.

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The gang eating out at Shake Shack

60 Minutes on last Sunday featured Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer in one segment, and several at the pool on Monday talked about it. The report seemed to give Shake Shack a good review on their fare, so several of us decided to go try them. There are three stores in the Valley, one in the shopping center at Camelback and Central and two in Scottsdale. We went to the first one tonight. Elaine and I brought Pete Petersen and Agnes Volk; Dale and Betty Stroh were there as were Bill Russell and Marty House and Bill’s sister Kay and Larry Hale. My first impression was negative: WAY TOO LOUD and the seats are very hard to sit on. Continue reading Shake Shack. Office work.

Looks Halloween-y. Surgery followup. Dinner planning. George Immerso birthday. Update on neighbor.

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Pete Petersen working on setting up our Halloween spider

We took more steps in getting our house decorated for Halloween today. This morning Pete Petersen came over and started helping Elaine put up some decorations – the ones requiring use of a ladder – while I was at a doctor appointment. They got quite a bit done by the time I got back, but there is still a lot to go, I am sure! Continue reading Looks Halloween-y. Surgery followup. Dinner planning. George Immerso birthday. Update on neighbor.

Getting ready. Last of the hot stuff.

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The stack of skulls is out of the box

It’s time to be thinking of Halloween decorations for the outside of the house and we took the first steps today. Pete Petersen came by and pulled out the under-deck storage tray where we store many holiday items and Elaine and I took out the Halloween stuff. One box was too heavy for either of us to lift, so Pete also took that one out and removed its contents; that was the stack of skulls you see in the photo. We have lots more to go! Continue reading Getting ready. Last of the hot stuff.

Antifurl flag pole. Fry’s, Costco, shopping.

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My new Grace Alley tangle-free flagpole will keep my flag from wrapping around the pole, I hope.

While I have enjoyed having the US flag on the front of our house, I was not happy that the flag would get wrapped around the pole when blown in the wind. This was because it was fastened tight at the top with no way to move around the pole as the wind blew. That pole was a simple wooden one, so I bought a different one from Grace Alley on Amazon that is designed to prevent that. This one is made with a two-piece pole and the upper half is free to rotate around its central shaft and this is intended to keep the flag flying free. We’ll see if it works. The flag I had bought does not have grommets for fastening it to the flagpole so I will have to modify it by adding grommets. In the meantime I just cut small slots for the fasteners to attach. Continue reading Antifurl flag pole. Fry’s, Costco, shopping.

Copic bin fix. Fall flags now. Newsletter printed.

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Elaine’s bin for storing her Copic pens. I had to fix it today so the cover would snap in place.

I had added a false floor to the bin Elaine bought to store her Copic pens in, so the whole grillage could be lifted out if needed to access the bin bottom. But she told me a couple of days ago that she was having trouble latching the lid. Today I checked it out and realized that all I needed to do was change the nut and remove the washer that were at the bottom end of the four corner bolts holding the grillage and false bottom together. The original nuts were the self-locking type so were thicker. I swapped for regular ¼-inch nuts and left off the washers and now the cover can be latched in place fine using the blue handles at each end, as you can see in the photo. Continue reading Copic bin fix. Fall flags now. Newsletter printed.

Burrito breakfast. Work on newsletter.

Sunday morning at our house means one of Elaine’s special Breakfast Burritos. A truly outstanding treat. I can eat about half so I save the other half for lunch. Jimmy Dean Regular Sausage mixed Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage, cooked with red and green peppers and onions, and served on a flour tortilla with scrambled eggs and shredded cheese and salsa. Yum! Continue reading Burrito breakfast. Work on newsletter.